The UK’s Communication Workers Union says that Telefonica O2 plans to make a further 400 people redundant, bringing the total number of job cuts to 1,000 ahead of call center outsourcing plans with Capita. The jobs will be lost from call centres in Bury, Glasgow, Leeds and Preston Brook (near Warrington).
The CWU is balloting for strike action over the move with the result due on 18 June.
According to the union, the mobile network has confirmed that the original plans to cut 500-600 jobs on a voluntary basis will be at the top end of the scale with 600 people taking a package to leave by 6 July. In addition, the company announced today that it will cut a further 400 jobs with people leaving by 1 December. Remaining staff will be transferred to Capita on 1 July.
Up to 3,800 people are affected by the outsourcing and redundancy plans.
Andy Kerr, CWU deputy general secretary, said: “We’re dismayed and disappointed at this latest announcement of job cuts from O2 at such short notice. The outsourcing transfer date is less than three weeks away and the goalposts appear to be moving daily. This is not how a decent, responsible employer should behave.”
The CWU said that it is taking legal advice.